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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 1, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
Rats! I can relate though. Have a great trip!

edit:

In an attempt to avoid working, here are my guesses.

Photo 1: one Saffron Finch and two Sierra Finch. ???

Photo 2: Brown-Hooded Parrot???

Photo 3: no idea. :/
john hansen

climber
May 1, 2013 - 11:08pm PT
Bob, glad you are posting from down there. Looking forward to see what you get.

Some from today..

My first cactus wren, never knew they were so big, thought it was a thrasher..



Credit: john hansen

Yellow eyed Junco

Credit: john hansen

With the beak and the wing I am saying Summer Tanager although the Hepatic occurs around here too,,,


Credit: john hansen


And Mexican jay


Credit: john hansen


Fourteen lifer's in 3 days. bet ya Bob is getting that in an hour or two.
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
May 2, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Credit: craig mo
amazing quality in those photographs up there
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 2, 2013 - 12:22am PT
Crimper, I was going to say how impressed I was with your ID of the finches
but then you drew a blank on the easiest of them all, the Southern Lapwing! :-)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 2, 2013 - 12:38am PT
sometimes we get lucky

Midmorning, I read on the local bird hotline that a Sage Thrasher had been seen in Magnuson park not far from my house and maybe 4 miles from work. But work was busy and stressful with me archiving and removing terabytes of (hopefully) retired user's data, and I couldn't head off to check out the birds until after 5PM.

Magnuson is pretty big (Seattle's 2nd largest park, 350 acres) and with the time lag, I didn't really have a whole lot of hope of finding the little dear. Nonetheless, I headed out to the Park and pretty much rode my bike to a random spot, stopped to look at a Western Grebe (not that common for me), turned around and saw a Savannah Sparrow and, hey!, a Sage Thrasher. It first got scared off by some joggers, but didn't go far and even worked it's way back towards me. I had great prolonged view through my binoculars, and it even got close enough to get the following photo through my little point and shoot Lumix.
And IT crept up on ME!
Credit: Darwin

It was a beautiful afternoon with White Horse and Three Fingered Jack(?) to the north and Rainier to the south. The other photo is a swords into plowshares public art installation made from fins from
decommissioned nuclear submarines.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Then I got to ride my steep but short hill ride home. A good day, except perhaps for Bayern Munich's dismembering of Barcelona!
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
May 2, 2013 - 12:38am PT
Nice!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 2, 2013 - 08:23am PT
Ha! Thanks Reilly. Thought I should know the last one and was totally shut down! In route to So. Arizona right now! Goodbye foot of snow that fell yesterday and hello heat!!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 10:18am PT
Wow!! we have some serious Pros on here. Great shots everyone. That hawk in flight was one of my favorites Chewy, great colors and detail, besides the fact that I adore hawks.

So, seeing all these picks is making me want to get a decent camera. Any tips for a beginner getting a camera? How much should I plan on spending to get started? Not planning on getting as good as you guys, so not looking to get really high end stuff, just some basics. Any advice on where or how to buy would be appreciated, thanks.

Credit: dirt claud
G Zeus

Trad climber
Tucson, AZ
May 2, 2013 - 10:33am PT
Accidental stray 45 miles from Tucson.

Credit: G Zeus
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 2, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Great shots everyone...John...Cactus wrens are huge.

Great Kiskadee
Credit: Bob D'A

Laughing Falcon

Credit: Bob D'A

Great Egret

Credit: Bob D'A

Little Blue Heron

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Common Ground Dove...really tiny...maybe 6 inches

Credit: Bob D'A

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 2, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
found something really cool last week - a Great Potoo on it's nest, with a nestling!

Here is the adult on it's nest as I saw it from afar(that little blip on the horizontal branch at the center)...

Credit: little Z

came back a few days later with my scope to get some digiscope photos.

adult Great Potoo and little fuzz-ball nestling, adult is looking to t...
adult Great Potoo and little fuzz-ball nestling, adult is looking to the right, its bill just visible
Credit: little Z

the nest is nothing but a little indentation on the branch where the a...
the nest is nothing but a little indentation on the branch where the adult can get an egg to stay without rolling off. The ultimate bivy site!
Credit: little Z

here's a photo form the web to give a better idea of what you're looking at.

Credit: little Z

Strictly nocturnal, they catch big flying bugs (and even small bats!) with their big mouths. Their eyes are huge, and you only get to see them with their eyes open at night. During the day they hang out on some branch and depend upon their camo for protection and a peaceful day's rest. They always lay just 1 egg and both adults participate in incubation and rearing.

Potoos are often heard at night. Their calls are from another world. Take a listen:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/15586

edit: as always, sorry for the poor quality of my photos. I'm waiting anxiously to hear responses about Dirt's camera gear question
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
Me too. :-D . Nice shots man. That is a really cool looking bird. Where do they reside?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 2, 2013 - 04:58pm PT
DC,

thanks, the 7 species of potoos that there are in the world all reside in the American tropics from Mexico down into Argentina, and on Jamaica and Hispanola islands in the Caribbean.

Maybe Bob will get some potoo photos while he's in Colombia. It's on everyone's wish list.

JZ

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
My family is from the Chiapas area, I wonder if they have them down there, never seen one or heard of them before. Perhaps my mom heard of them when she was growing up, will have to ask her.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 2, 2013 - 05:21pm PT
D,

if your Mom has lived in a forested rural area in the lowlands she may have heard potoos, or heard of them. Both Northern and Great Potoos are found in Chiapas. Because of their reclusive/nocturnal nature there's a lot of mystery around the birds which are much more often heard than seen. Here in Costa Rica rural folks often mistakenly attribute potoo calls to sloths. Here they are known as "Pájaro Estaca" or stake birds because they often perch in the day on the top of a post or dead snag to make best use of their cryptic plumage and drawn out posture.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
Cool, you ever had a chance to eye on of these (Quetzal) down there before, I know they are really rare.

Credit: dirt claud
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 2, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
I saw a pic of a potoo a while back and I thought it was digitally created or photo shopped or something, I didn't believe it was real, wild looking!
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
May 2, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
Alki Beach
Credit: McHale's Navy
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
May 2, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
Little Z
I hadn't known of the potoo before. Had to wiki it to see if it was a goatscker-nightjar. Found out they're related but a different family-genus.
Looks like Maurice Sendak made it up.

Excellent bird. Thanks for the share.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 2, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
I hope to see Potoo, heading up higher tomorrow.

Snowy Egret

Credit: Bob D'A

Neotropical Cormorant with lunch.

Credit: Bob D'A

Ruddy Ground Dove with it young one.

Credit: Bob D'A

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